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Monday Question: “Can I Be A Successful Blogger and Affiliate Marketer?”

Today’s Monday Question comes from Ken who asks:

I’m a new Internet Marketer and like you, I plan to focus on blogging and affiliate marketing. I make about $500 a month now.

What’s the best way of doing this? I want to be the next Darren Rowse! I’m planning to quit my job by the end of the year after getting my bonus if this gig works out for me…

freedomMy answer:

It’s great to hear you’re taking action on your goals, Ken, especially as you’ve found that the Internet lifestyle gives you more options.

I don’t think newer Internet Marketers can successfully master two areas, unless you’re very disciplined. You probably should focus on one area.

Between blogging and affiliate marketing, although the two fields are related, I’d recommend you focus on affiliate marketing as that activity directly generates income. With blogging, income tends to be a secondary focus (unless you’re highly skilled at monetizing your blog).

I’m more concerned with the fact that you’re generating $500 from your Internet Marketing efforts now.

Have you calculated your monthly expenditure?

It could be in the range of $2,000 (if you’re single and living in a small community) to more than $5,000 a month.

So you might want to hold on to your “Quit your day job” ambition till your income stabilizes to a level you’re comfortable with before taking the big plunge.


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3 comments on Monday Question: “Can I Be A Successful Blogger and Affiliate Marketer?”

  1. How to get 100 Stumble Fans for free every 24 hours
    November 13, 2007 at 2:06 am (4704 days ago)

    Even I make more than 500 bucks everymonth online with ease. but that has taken many months before i can reach this level. It’s require great amount of patience to get here and do well.

  2. Hardy
    November 13, 2007 at 5:42 pm (4703 days ago)

    Hi Andrew,

    I think he must NOT quit his day job given that he only earns like 500 bucks a month. First of all, I would NEVER quit without having A LIST that generates me at least 3-5K USD a month CONSISTENTLY for 3-6 months at least. That list is my asset. Most marketer’s mistake is quitting their day job without having any asset. And yes, Adsense is not an asset. So does CPA marketing by PPC (without collecting the list). So make sure you have an asset first before doing anything stupid like quitting your day job.


  3. Nor Suhir
    November 16, 2007 at 3:29 pm (4700 days ago)

    Hi Andrew….just starting out. Hope to be as successful as you are, One day…..

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